National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine April-May-June 2021

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4 News Briefs RNs at Maine's largest hospital win union vote 5 | Michigan RNs hold powerful congressional briefing 6 | RNs applaud introduction of federal safe staffing ratios bill; NNU premieres animated series on RNs' work and power during the pandemic 7 | Minnesota nurses picket for safe staffing 8 | Barton nurses strike for patient safety 9 | NNU condemns CDC rollback on Covid protection guidance 10 | Alameda and San Leandro nurses win new contracts after long fights; Chico, Calif. nurses picket; San Joaquin nurses ratify new contract after intense battle; Community First nurses in Chicago expose safety violations 11 400 Reasons Why Praise during Nurses Week is empty without protections. By Bonnie Castillo, RN 12 Dose of Hope RNRN volunteers help administer vaccines to thousands in underserved Los Angeles community. By Chuleenan Svetvilas 15 New Habits Die Hard NNU nurses campaign and struggle to reclaim single-use PPE practices. By Ty Richardson 18 Survived By The children of nurses lost to Covid-19 reflect on love, grief, the fight for change. By Kari Jones 20 Nursing at a Crossroads Two veteran nurses talk candidly about the state of nursing and how Covid-19 has speeded the profession to a critical juncture. Contents ON THE COVER: This is one frame from a series of animated shorts called "Deadly Shame" that National Nurses United created for Nurses Week in collaboration with acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple and media production company Sharp As Knives. The series explores three main themes of nursing: the care penalty nurses endure because our society does not properly value care work; the moral injury nurses suffer by practicing within a money-driven health care economy; and how nurses' collective action is the key to overcoming these challenges. 12 20 4 A P R I L | M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 1 W W W . N A T I O N A L N U R S E S U N I T E D . O R G N A T I O N A L N U R S E 3

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